This is a photo of Kannonjicho, Kashihara, Nara prefecture, Japan. Fuku Ikeda's works and music are inspired by the village. It is full of colors and light. We are proud of the scenery of the village. We have been growing rice plants here for as long as about 2300 years. That is indicated by underground remains related to ancient agriculture discovered in the area.
In spring, the rice fields are covered with crimson flowers of rengue-sou, or Chinese milk vetch which has roots containing nitrogen, a substance of fertilizer. Farmers plant them to reduce the use of chemical fertilizer.
We are also proud of the view of Mt.Katsuragi from our village. Mt.Katsuragi is famous for some legends featured in Noh, classical Japanese musical drama since the 14th century. For example, 'Katsuragi' and 'Tsuchigumo' are popular.
We finished planting rice seeds today. We prayed to deities of the sky, the wind and earth for all rice plants in our village.